Polish Side Legia Warsaw Dismayed By UEFA Stance Over CAS Fast-Track Bid
Polish Ekstraklasa side Legia Warsaw is "disappointed" UEFA did not support an expedited Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling over its Champions League punishment, according to the BBC. CAS will assess Legia's bid for "urgent provisional measures" on Monday. A fast-track procedure "could have led" to a CAS verdict on Monday. The club now hopes to be reinstated in the competition at Scottish Premiership side Celtic's expense "while the full appeal against the punishment is heard." An appeal at the level of UEFA "has already been rejected." Legia Warsaw Chair & co-Owner Dariusz Mioduski said, "Standing against UEFA has never been our aim, we wanted to oppose against the regulations which are obviously against the fair-play and the spirit of sport" (BBC, 8/16). The Scotland DAILY RECORD reported Mioduski said on Friday morning that "UEFA would not fast-track their application." He said, "A few days ago we requested UEFA for a quick appeal and we also discussed the possibility of not getting the right result. ... We tried to contact UEFA ... but after several hours we finally got an indication that UEFA will not support us. This effectively means that they want us to accept their decision." A UEFA spokesperson said that it "had not been given any information on the case from CAS" (DAILY RECORD, 8/15).